Sorry for the late notice, but apparently unbeknownst to me, big, BIG changes took place a few years ago at the State Department. With the pace of change at State such as it is, it can be hard to keep up. I guess I am a little surprised this is not still being talked about on State’s social media, or that someone has not made a Gangnam Style-Call Me Maybe mashup video about it.
Nonetheless, for the naysayers who claim the State Department cannot change, have a look at what one alert reader of this blog noticed online:
Even U.S. diplomats have responded to the age’s new imperatives. In 2004, the U.S. State Department declared that it was abandoning the font it had used for years — Courier New 12 — and replacing it with a new standard font that would henceforth be required in all documents: Times New Roman 14. The internal memorandum announcing the change explained that the Times New Roman font “takes up almost exactly the same area on the page as Courier New 12, while offering a crisper, cleaner, more modern look.” What was more remarkable than the change itself — and what would have been unthinkable had the change occurred a generation ago — was that everybody in the State Department understood what the memo was talking about.
(Special thanks to ever-alert reader Lisa for this breaking news. It takes a village to run this blog, people.)
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